Candidate Forum Set

A candidate forum will be held at 7:00PM on Thursday, March 12, 2015, in the cafeteria of Oriole Lane Elementary School for the two candidates vying for the common council seat representing District 8 for the City of Mequon.  The two candidates are Pam Adams, incumbent, and Tom Myers.  

 

A questionnaire will be provided to the three candidates for the Mequon Thiensville School District Board of Directors.  The three candidates are Stephanie Clark, incumbent, Jon Jacobs and Cindy Werner.  The responses will be published by InformMT.  

 

We would welcome your questions for the candidates to answer.  Your questions will form the basis of the candidate forum.  Please email InformMT your questions.   

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Public Comments at Beginning of School Board Meetings

The Mequon-Thiensville School Board moved the time for citizen communication and comments to the beginning of the meeting. The change takes effect at the school board’s next regular business meeting on February 17th. Individuals who want to speak must fill out a registration card with their name, address and the issue to be addressed. The change was approved by the school board when it approved a new policy last November.

To see meeting agendas and minutes, go to www.mtsd.k12.wi.us. 

 

Information from News Graphic

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Upcoming Candidate Forum

Again this year, InformMT will be sponsoring a candidate forum for the candidates running for the three board positions of the Mequon Theinsville School District and District 8 for the Mequon Common Council.   

 

The date in mid-March is being finalized.  

 

We would welcome your questions for the candidates to answer.  Your questions will form the basis of the candidate forum.  Please email InformMT your questions.   

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Open Enrollment Seats Set for 2015-16

The Mequon-Thiensville School District will add 29 seats for out-of-district students to attend through open enrollment, starting in the 2015-16 school year.

As part of the same action, school board members Monday unanimously approved adding 23 new seats through Chapter 220, a desegregation program that involves the Milwaukee Public Schools.

The school district currently has 53 open enrollment students and 100 Chapter 220 students across all grade levels. It expects that six Chapter 220 students and 15 open enrollment students will graduate in June.

The M-T schools have participated in open enrollment, which is mandated by the state, since 2001. And, while it not legally required to do so, the school district has participated in Chapter 220 since 1986.

The district has been “a staunch supporter of (Chapter 220) and has made seats available every year,” said Matt Joynt, assistant superintendent of educational services.

A year ago, the school district added 14 seats in each of the programs. The number of new seats do not directly correspond with the changes in total enrollment through the two programs because the number of students who are seniors and graduate in any given year varies.

 Students who attend M-T schools through open enrollment must provide their own transportation. Chapter 220 students are provided bus transportation to their respective M-T schools. Once a student is part of either program, they are considered M-T students and do not have to re-apply every year.

Given the approved numbers for 2015-16, open enrollment will increase the school district’s income by $68,000. The Chapter 220 students will decrease the school district’s tax levy by $850,000; that means property owners in the district will benefit, but the school district will not directly realize income.


 

Information from News Graphic

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Conceptual Approval for 109-lot Subdivision

At the January 12th meeting, the Mequon Planning Commission conceptually approved the 109-lot subdivision.  This subdivision is part of the Central Growth Area on 112 acres of land that would be purchased from the Mequon Thiensville School District.

Construction in the subdivision should begin this summer.  Home construction on lots that will average a little over 1/2 an acre will begin in Fall 2015.  

Additional information can be found here.

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Spring Election Ballot Set

The deadline for filing for municipalities and school board was last Tuesday, January 6th.  Below is a recap of the people who have filed and incumbents that did not file for the upcoming election.

Mequon-Thiensville School District — Of the three incumbents on the board up for reelection this Spring, only Stephanie Clark is seeking another term.  Both Gary Laev and Cheryle Rebholz did not seek another term.  Two candidates that seek election to the school board are Jonathan Jacobs and Cindy Werner.

City of Mequon — John Hawkins, District 6, and Andrew Nerbun, District 7, filed necessary paperwork to seek reelection and will run unopposed in April.  Pam Adams, incumbent representing District 8, will face a challenger on April 7th, Thomas Myers.

Village of Thiensville — The incumbent trustees up for reelection, Kenneth C. Kucharski and Kim C. Beck, will run unopposed on April 7th.  Van A. Mobley, incumbent Village President, will also run unopposed on that date.

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Reminder of Spring Elections

The following governing bodies have elections this coming Spring.

Mequon-Thiensville School District — the following board members are upon for re-election having served their three-year term — Stephanie Clark, Gary Laev and Cheryle Rebholz.  Declaration of Candidacy must be filed no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in the office of the school district clerk.  If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  The general election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

City of Mequon — the following individuals are up for re-election for a three-year term as alderperson — John Hawkins, District 6; Andrew Nerbun, District 7; and Pam Adams, District 8.  Declaration of Candidacy must be filed no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in the office of the city clerk.  If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  The general election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Village of Thiensville — the following trustees are up for re-election for a three-year term — Kenneth C. Kucharski and Kim C. Beck.  In addition, the Village president, Van A. Mobley, is up for re-election. Declaration of Candidacy must be filed no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in the office of the city clerk.  If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  The general election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

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Booster Club Fundraising

A mailing kicked off another phase of the fundraising being sought by the Homestead Booster Club.  The campaign is to raise $1.5 million to upgrade outdoor athletic facilities.  This project is complementary to facility improvements envisioned in the facilities referendum.

For more information, click here.

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Highlights from Survey of Proposed Facilities Referendum

Highlights from the Mequon-Thiensville School District survey on the proposed facilities referendum were shared with the public.  The survey contained responses from 540 people.

“I believe the district’s facilities needs must be addressed now” — 87.0% strongly agree or agree

“I would vote ‘yes’ on a referendum question if I felt that it was the correct solution that addressed the needs identified as capital improvement projects” — 85.6% strongly agree or agree

“I have children who currently attend or have attended a Mequon-Thiensville School District school.” — 69.7% responded “yes”

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Facilities Referendum Vote April 7th

The school board passed two actions at its board meeting last Monday.  First, the board unanimously authorized the borrowing of $18.2 million.  Second, the vote on the referendum will be on April 7th ballot for the residents of Mequon & Thiensville.
The last successful referendum was in 1998.  A referendum is required by state law when the spending plan is in excess of the normal tax levy limit which is based upon enrollment.  Voters rejected referendums in 2002 and 2006.
Some details of the proposed use of the $18.2 million can be found by clicking here.
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